Tim Skubick: Can Mark Schauer pulled an 'Engler'? - FOX 35 News Orlando

Tim Skubick: Can Mark Schauer pulled an 'Engler'?

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:59:06 GMT
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
  • The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:25 GMT
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
  • Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Monday, July 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-07 14:14:46 GMT
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

The last time a sitting governor lost his seat, was when Gov. Jim Blanchard lost to underdog John Engler.  Not to take anything away from Beal Cities's (sp) favorite son who pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind- victory, but Mr. Blanchard pretty much botched his re-election bid.

If the Mark Schauer campaign is hoping Gov. Rick Snyder pulls a Blanchard, his handlers should think again.

The more poignant and unanswered question is, can Mr. Schauer pull an Engler?

A senior member of the state Democratic Party has privately advised anyone who will listen that one sure way to beat Mr. Snyder is to replicate what Mr. Engler did to the unsuspecting Mr. Blanchard.

"Do like Engler and go negative against the governor," this sage of many campaigns suggests.  By pounding away and driving Mr. Snyder's image down, Mr. Schauer could win, this person concludes.

Well 14 months out, there is no pounding but we heard from the Schauer campaign for the first time in a long time the other day.

With a $500,000 pro-governor media blitz on the airwaves, and without the desire or probably the money to match it, the Democrats did the next best thing:  Tried for some free-media.

"Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer to make major political announcement," the news advisory tried to drum-up a little pop for their guy. Come to the event at 4 p.m. on October first.

Wait a second.

Four o'clock on October first. That was an interesting news day: The first day of enrollment into that little thing they call Obamacare and thanks to the good folks in the nation's  capitol it was also the launch of the government shutdown.

In other words the Schauer campaign would be lucky to get any attention.

"It doesn't rise to the dog bites man level," confided one of the capitol scribes who chucked covering the event.

In addition to competing with bigger stories, the state budget director conveniently called a news briefing on the federal government shutdown for 2:45 p.m. which meant many reporters would be working on that and not Mr. Schauer's "major announcement."

Hum, you don't think the Snyder team did that on purpose to snatch coverage away from its likely opponent?

Regardless, Mr. Schauer forged ahead and grabbed a pretty darn good endorsement from the Michigan Education Association.

As for the media pop, the campaign was pleased, but coverage was adequate but not off the charts.

But give the campaign credit as it scrambled to squeeze as much coverage as possible after it became apparent that the 4 p.m. time frame and the other more major stories would trump Mr. Schauer.  Hence Mr. Schauer talked to other reporters well before the 4 o'clock event and long after it as well.  Good move.

But some wags in town wondered if another date would have worked better?  And wondered if  they mishandled this, what else might they screw-up?  You know how critics are.

The Schauer inner circle was content with what it did.  As for the late starting time, they  had already reset the event once, and had to wait until that late hour in the news cycle because three teachers couldn't cut class to be there any earlier.  One of them was Mr. Schauer's English teacher.

Nonetheless timing is everything in politics.  Mr. Schauer critics will gripe this fell short, but the good news is it happened in the October 2013 and after this column is read, no one will remember it..accept maybe the Snyder folks. They may be hoping for more of the same and concluding that Mr. Schauer, at this read,  does not look like a John Engler in the making.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:21:10 GMT
    A California woman called for more protections for passengers on cruise lines as she recounted before Congress the assault she suffered during a trip aboard a cruise ship.
    A California woman called for more protections for passengers on cruise lines as she recounted before Congress the assault she suffered during a trip aboard a cruise ship.
  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:03:53 GMT
    The State Department says a computer glitch has caused major delays in its passport and visa issuance operations at its embassies around the world, potentially leaving millions of people awaiting U.S. travel...
    The State Department says a computer glitch has caused major delays in its passport and visa issuance operations at its embassies around the world, potentially leaving millions of people awaiting U.S. travel documents in...
  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:21:05 GMT
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
    Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices